In the early 1980s, a map of each county was delineated to depict areas where DOFAW has primary fire responsibility (color-coded green), areas where it could respond mutually with other firefighting agencies (color-coded pink), and areas totally out of its jurisdiction (color-coded white). DOFAW would automatically respond to fires in the green area. The pink areas generally are those areas which are adjacent to the green areas. If fires are in these areas, DOFAW would respond mutually if the request came directly from the county fire department.
It was agreed that DOFAW would be able to respond to fires in the white areas only under specific conditions, i.e. extreme threats to public safety, local resources fully committed, extreme fire behavior, etc., and through the appropriate channels and only if its resources are available. To respond to fires in the white area, the following must occur:
The Fire Response Diagram illustrates the decision making process in responding to a wildland fire. For the fire response map, click on the island below of your choice: